Sunday, June 27, 2010

Elise Wagner: Part II Announcing Solar Flare Show

Some of you may recall the candid and informative interview I posted with Elise Wagner, back in May. Well, she's been working very hard and her show goes up this week! Here's your sneak peak.

Elise Wagner: Solar Flare at Butters Gallery
July 1 - 31, 2010
opening reception: Thursday, July 1  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Butters Artist Event  Saturday, July 10  2:00-4:00 pm
Wagner will discuss her process, methods and motivations for her current body of work. She will also discuss the elaborate layering process of making her paintings.


Solar Riddle 3, 2010
encaustic, monotype and oil on panel
12" x 12"
$1,350




Solar Riddle 1, 2010
encaustic, monotype and oil on panel
12" x 12"
$1,350
Solar Strait, 2010
encaustic and oil on panel
36" x 36"
$3,950



Solar Riddle 9,  2010
encaustic, monotype and oil on panel
12" x 12"
$1,350


Solar Riddle 8,  2010 
encaustic, monotype and oil on panel 
12" x 12"
$1,350


Solar Riddle 5, 2010
encaustic, monotype and oil on panel
12" x 12"
$1,350

Photos:



Solar Flare
My current body of work investigates solar flares, sun storms and the magnetic forces that they embody. I find it fascinating that the sun is so fragile and enormous and that all living things on our planet so rely on it. This duality and the beautiful violence of the image itself is captivating.

These images began showing up in my work as early as 1996. Two paintings from that time are part of the exhibition. Each are made with mostly found materials; linoleum, lath, shingle and encaustic. I originally came across images of solar flares in a 1957 book about weather patterns.

Now, the relevance of their impact is ever more striking on our modern world. With the advancement of satellite and digital technology, it is possible to observe solar flares more closely and in three dimensions. Recently, NASA scientists have predicted a peak in the occurrence of solar flares that will bring on a “perfect storm” impacting human life by 2012.

Creating a magma-like texture with molten beeswax and using the fire of a blowtorch for these images of sun storms has created a somewhat coincidental but symbiotic feel to the overall result and process of their making. The work has taken on a new physicality in an attempt to interpret movement and the massive force of solar flares on the sun.

Painting for me acts as a metaphor for all that that is unknown, intangible and incomprehensible to us as human beings. Though my work is driven by my own visualization and nostalgia of science’s attempt towards a definition of order, the anachronism in the work lies in its interpretation and contemporary quality.

Elise Wagner, 2010






work is viewable online at
www.buttersgallery.com


Butters Gallery
520 NW Davis 2nd. Fl.
Portland, OR 97209

(503)248-9378





1 comment:

Perry said...

Love her color palette for these works!